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North Carolina Recovers From Floods Caused By Heavy Rains

Posted June 17, 2001

— Heavy rains fell across the Piedmont and eastern parts of North Carolina Saturday night, with some areas getting as much as six inches.

In Raleigh, a pond at an apartment complex on Wycliff Road, near the Lake Boone intersection, overflowed and flooded the street and a nearby shopping center. Sheila Lynch Okoroji could not see the driveway to the complex and drove her 1998 Jeep Cherokee into the pond. Amaka Okoroji was also in the car; both got out safely.

One apartment at University Apartments on Avent Ferry was flooded. All flooding in Raleigh subsided by midnight

There were problems across the region. In Fayetteville, the Beaver Creek subdivision was inundated. And two children were killed in an accident on 401 N., 3 miles north of Fayetteville when the car they were riding in hydroplaned and collided with another vehicle.

In Holly Springs, the police department antenna was hit by lightning.

The Tar River is rising and will reach flood stage Sunday night. It will crest at 21 feet sometime Monday or Tuesday. No serious flooding is expected, however.

A possible tornado touched down in Robeson County and heavy winds destroyed a small building.

And in Edgecombe County, in Speed, a two-mile dike surrounding the small town, which had never properly been repaired after Hurricane Floyd, gave way, and several days worth of rainwater from Deep Creek were in the streets. Most residents evacuated voluntarily.

Workers repaired the dike with dirt and rocks by 11:00 p.m. Crews were checking it this morning to see if it held. No homes were flooded, and no one showed up at the shelter set up in Tarboro.


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